NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citing a recent article in Insurance Journal about the record number of data breaches reported by New Yorkers last year, John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, claims we are just seeing the beginning and that hardware data security remains a “significant threat to national security.”
Cox Communications is being sued for illegally dumping potentially-toxic hardware as well as the casual treatment of private consumer data. According to a lawsuit filed last month (pdf) by the state attorney general in San Diego Superior Court, Cox employees in California threw away customer records without shredding or erasing personal information.
A police raid on the Wai Mei Dat Thai Recycling factory, 100km east of Bangkok last month revealed a shocking find. The 40-acre complex was laden with huge piles of electronic waste – keyboards, motherboards, electrical wires, computer screens and smartphone batteries, just to name a few.
Photo: A stack of computer scrap at Scrap Computing Trading, one of Malaysia's leading private electronics recycling companies, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. (Manan Vatsyayana / AFP Photo)
Basel Action Network (BAN), the organisation that combats both illegal scrap trade and questionable recycling practices across Africa and Asia, has teamed up with electronics major Dell to use GPS trackers to find out where used Dell electronic scrap goes once it is collected from their US consumer takeback programmes.
Dell is tracking where its products end up after they are collected via the company’s US consumer takeback program; the pilot program – an effort between Dell and Basel Action Network (BAN) – is designed to “see if things end up where they are supposed to,” Dell says in its just-released 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
June 21, 2018. Seattle, WA. Basel Action Network (BAN), which has become internationally known for placing GPS units inside discarded electronics and tracking them to horrific recycling operations in Asia and Africa, is now offering an enterprise-scale version of their technology to corporations and governments of all kinds.
This week in partnership with the Basel Action Network (BAN), I’m thrilled to introduce a new pilot program that will use global tracking technology utilized by BAN to provide greater transparency into our own US electronics recycling programs. As part of BAN’s new EarthEye tracking service, the trackers will be placed on non-working electronics that enter our consumer takeback programs and follow the equipment over the next 12 months to ensure the materials are recycled responsibly.
WASHINGTON — As manufacturers continue to roll out new smartphones, luring customers to ditch their old phones, data security experts warn that improperly disposed phones can be mined for personal data by hackers in the U.S. and abroad.
"Improper cellphone disposal is an ongoing problem and it's a huge issue," said Nick Akerman, partner and data security expert at Dorsey & Whitney. "People have more information on their cellphones than they do at home – once you have somebody's cellphone you have someone's entire life."